Are you a Canadian who wants to bring in a family member, such as your wife or husband, into the country? One way you can do that is with a common-law sponsorship. Another way you can do so is with spousal sponsorships, which achieves the same goal as a common-law sponsorship where your partner will get to become a PR (permanent residence) of Canada. Both spousal and common-law sponsorships fall under “family class.”
However, with so many requirements and qualifications to fulfill to be eligible for membership under the family class, you’re prone to making mistakes if you aren’t prepared. Not only will these mistakes put you at risk of getting your application denied, but it may even risk both the sponsor and the applicant from ever being able to utilize spousal or common-law sponsorship ever again.
As such, here are the requirements to be applicable for membership under the family class:
What are the requirements of the family class?
As with both spouse and common-law sponsorships, the sponsor must be of Canadian citizenship or a permanent resident of the country. If the sponsor, which is either you or your partner, isn’t any of these, then you won’t be eligible. However, if a sponsor fulfills those requirements, then there are a few other requirements to be fulfilled by the applicant. For example, the applicant must:
- Be a common-law partner, relative, or spouse of the sponsor
- Be admissible
- Have valid documents such as a passport
- Prove his or her identity to the sponsor
- Be moving into Canada to obtain permanent residence
- Prove the relationship between sponsor and applicant to be real and genuine
Failure to comply with any of the above can get your application denied. To add to this, if you marry the sponsor for the sole purpose of obtaining a PR, you will be disqualified as well. Remember, if you’re unsure of any of these, you can always ask an immigration agency to help you out.
How do I prove that my relationship is genuine?
Proving your relationship is pivotal when it comes to getting a common-law or spousal sponsorship to be accepted. One of the ways you can do so is by providing the right documents (and enough of it) to do so. Here are some examples of documents you can provide:
- Love letters
- Text messages
- Joint rental and lease agreements
- Mails addressed to the same house with either name
- Proof of cohabitation
- Wedding invitations and photos
- Marriage certification
The above are just some examples of what you can include with the documents to prove your relationship. If you’re unsure about what you can include, again, you can always work with an immigration agency to ensure that you possess all the necessary information.
Take note that even if you do not satisfy some of these conditions, such as failing to declare your dependence on your sponsor or proving that you’re married, you might still be eligible. After all, there are cases where people moving into Canada are refugees or protected individuals and thus their identity must be protected. Either way, the process of getting into Canada with the use of spousal or common-law sponsorships can become a complicated one. Because of this, we always recommend that you work with an immigration agency to help you get it done quickly and efficiently.
If you’re looking for a Canadian immigration agency based in Toronto to help with your spouse or common-law sponsorship documents, we’re here for you! Contact us through our website and let us know how we can help you.